The Bishop McGuinness Lady Villains are probably glad they are no longer in a conference with North Surry.
The Lady Greyhounds gave the eight-time defending 1A state champions all they could handle in a 49-43 overtime win by the Villains on Friday in the Greyhound/Wildcat Shootout at North Surry High School.
During a four-year span when the two teams were together in the old Northwest 1A/2A Conference, North and Bishop split the regular season meetings each year. The Greyhounds went 4-6 overall against Bishop, with the Villains claiming two conference tournament wins against North.
“Both teams put so much emphasis on defense,” Coach Shane Slate of North said. “Our games with Bishop are usually in the upper 30s and 40s. It took overtime to get in the 40s tonight.”
Bishop gave North some trouble when it extended its defense full court, but the feisty Greyhounds were just as tough on the Villains in their halfcourt defense.
Malaya Johnson finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and five assists for North. Erin March had a team-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds for the Lady Greyhounds. Olivia DeFrancesco led all scorers with 16 for the Villains.
Johnson found March for a layup inside to tie things up at 38-38 with 29.6 seconds left in regulation. On Bishop’s final possession of the fourth quarter, Cameron Nieters drove to the basket, but was tied up with 1.1 seconds to go by Maggie Hawks. North couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer went off.
In overtime, Tessa Johnston hit two free throws and then DeFrancesco scored on a layup to put Bishop ahead 42-38. March hit one of two free throws, and on the next possession she scored on an assist from Johnson to cut it to 42-41 with 1:55 left in overtime. Tia Cappucio hit a pair at the line and then Johnson scored in traffic for North with 1:29 remaining.
DeFrancesco converted a three-point play to put the Villains on top 47-43 at the 1:17 mark and the Greyhounds had a turnover on their next possession.
“We definitely got better on both ends of the floor,” Slate said. “We are still turning the ball over too much, but we only had eight in the first half.
“Our execution was better. We were able to attack the paint a little bit more. It was the first time in three games we were able to get the ball in the paint.”
After battling it out for four years as conference opponents, North was moved to the Western Piedmont Conference with the realignment this season. Bishop is in the Northwest league. The Greyhounds (2-1) will take on East Gaston in the Shootout today at North Surry High School. East Gaston defeated West Stokes in Friday’s game. Bishop will play West Stokes.
McGuinness 7 12 10 9 11 — 49
North Surry 6 11 13 8 5 — 43
McGuinness: Cappucio 6, Olivia DeFrancesco 16, D. Nieters 8, Johnston 7, Brown 8, C. Nieters 5
North Surry: Maggie Hawks 6, Morgan Hawks 2, Casey White 6, Jordan Badgett 4, Jessy Nichols 3, Erin March 12, Malaya Johnson 10